Sunday, August 20, 2017

5 Things to Know about Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend



1. All Races Start at 5AM! That is so early – but, this has been a shift for runDisney in Disneyland this year, to get the crowds off the streets of Anaheim and the parks early.

If you are taking the ART buses remember to allow for the time you have to walk through Downtown Disney.



2. The Expo opens on Thursday

The Expo opens at 10am on Thursday.  You will find the Expo in the Disneyland Hotel’s Exhibit Hall.  The Schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 1, 2017 - Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Remember that it will be super busy on Friday as this is when most people arrive – actually it will be crazy busy and packed on Friday.

3. The 5K Race Course 

The 5K Starts on Disneyland Drive just past the Paradise Pier Resort.  You will wind your way through California Adventure and by the Castle in Disneyland before completing your 3 Magical Miles!

Sunrise will be at 6:26; most will be finished by the time the sun winks at you!

Weather Forecast
Low at 4am – 60 degrees
High of 90 degrees
No Rain

Best Bathrooms:
California Adventure:  As you enter Cars Land and on Hollywood Boulevard
Disneyland: Fantasy Land and Main Street

Water Stops:
After Miles 1 and 2

4. The 10K Race Course

The 10K Starts on Disneyland Drive just past the Paradise Pier Resort.  This course will go through both parks and take you around the outskirts of the parks to get the additional 3 miles in.  The Park Views are slightly different, adding Paradise Pier and Pacific Wharf to the run! (I love running through the Paradise Pier Area - great photo stops!)

Sunrise will be at 6:27.  You will start seeing the Sun at 6:15 and will be perfect for pictures at the Castle!

Weather Forecast
Low at 4am – 60 degrees
High of 90 degrees
No Rain

Best Bathrooms:
California Adventure:  As you enter Cars Land, Paradise Pier at Toy Story Midway Mania and on Hollywood Boulevard
Disneyland: Fantasy Land, Mickey’s ToonTown and Main Street

Water Stops:
After Miles 2, 3 and 5

5. The Half Marathon Course

You will be chasing the dark and running to the sun as you make a super quick 3 mile trip through the Parks.  The Majority of the race is in the city of Anaheim.  The challenge will be to stay strong for the next 5 miles to get to Angel Stadium.  You will have your food station here and is a great place to take a break and a picture in the Stadium!

Sunrise will be at 6:28.

Weather Forecast
Low at 4am – 60 degrees
High of 90 degrees; the air warms up quickly as soon as the sun has risen.
No Rain

Best Bathrooms:
California Adventure:  As you enter Cars Land, Paradise Pier at Toy Story Midway Mania and at Grizzly Peak
Disneyland: Frontier Land, Fantasy Land and Main Street

Water Stops:
There will be water stops approximately every mile starting after mile 1.

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Disneyland races are super fun because of the time you spend in the parks and the City of Anaheim offers great scenery changes.  I love this course as it goes into the Stadium!  I’m excited to for you – as you go to Infinity and Beyond!
I'll see you there!